Campus Climate Initiatives

Presidential Task Force on Campus Climate

Since its founding, Cornell has aspired to be a diverse and inclusive university. Our founding principles continue to inspire and guide us, and when the experience of the community fails to reflect these goals, we must redouble our efforts to create the kind of environment we seek. Visit the Office of the President's page for ongoing updates.

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Supporting Diversity and Inclusion on Our Campuses

Provost Kotlikoff and Vice President Lombardi have been charged with developing and/or enhancing programs and services that support diversity and inclusion on our campuses. 

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Diversity and Educational Programming for Greek Life

In September, President Pollack directed the heads of the Interfraternity and Panhellenic Councils to develop a substantive and meaningful diversity training and education program for all their members, to be implemented before the spring recruitment cycle.

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  • Read the action plan that outlines steps for accountability, education, impact, and change for the Greek community in light of recent bias incidents.

Alternative Dispute Resolutions Process

The dean of students has been charged with creating and implementing an alternative dispute resolution process based on restorative justice that can be a resource, in conjunction with our disciplinary system, for students in addressing any future incidents.

  • Love Odih Kumuyi assumed the role of the Associate Dean of Students, Peer to Peer Counseling and Conflict Resolution Services on June 4. In this newly created position, Love will advise EARS (Empathy and Referral Services) and develop a new program that focuses on resolving conflict that has a bias or identity component. The Program will focus on alternative dispute resolution techniques such as mediation and restorative justice. Love received training as a transformative mediator and completed a masters in peace building and development at NYU. Most recently, Love taught in the Department of Peace and Justice at Pace University.

    New Student Orientation Programming

    Vice President Lombardi announced that new programming will be developed and implemented to help incoming students learn about living in a diverse community. This programming is expected to be a part of the expanded student orientation starting next fall.

    Helping Faculty Address Diversity in the Classroom

    The new Center for Teaching Innovation is expanding and enhancing services for faculty, including devoting new staff resources to helping faculty address diversity in the classroom and facilitate faculty-student conversations.

    Creating Space for Student Resource Centers on Central Campus

    The Division of Student & Campus Life has initiated a planning process to establish a central campus location for our student resource centers. The process include working with students, staff and alumni in the coming years to identify the right space and resources to realize this goal.

    Dean of Students Office: Focused on Supporting Diversity and Campus Climate

    The Dean of Students Office is expanding to provided additional support to students in the areas of diversity, equity and empowerment:

    • Marla Love, the new Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Equity, works directly with the diversity units in Dean of Students to create an intersectional programming model that engages our students in new and innovative ways. Learn more.

    • Associate Dean Renee Alexander has assumed the new role of senior adviser to the dean of students to focus on issues of campus climate. Learn more.

    • Shakima Clency assumed the role of Associate Dean of Students for Student Empowerment and Director of First-Generation and Low-Income (FGLI) Student Support on June 4. In this newly created position, Shakima will provide leadership to create an academic and social community and serve as a resource and advocate for Cornell students who identify with the first-generation college and/or low-income student experience. Additionally, Shakima will provide unit leadership to Undocumented/DACA student support, undergraduate military veteran student support and Student Development Diversity Initiatives. Shakima has held numerous roles in Student Affairs, including Residence Life, Academic Affairs, and Learning Communities. Most recently, she served as the inaugural Diversity Fellow in the Center for Student Involvement at Alfred University.

    Weill Cornell Medicine - Diversity and Inclusion

    Weill Cornell has a long history of focusing on diversity and inclusion. To learn more about the great work they are doing, visit the Weill Cornell diversity website.

    Alliance for Diversity and Inclusion

    The Alliance for Diversity and Inclusion represents the diversity planning efforts of Cornell Information Technology; the Cornell University Police Department; the Division of Budget and Planning; the Division of Financial Affairs; Environmental Health and Safety; and the offices of the Dean of Faculty, the Judicial Administrator, the President (including the Commencement Office), the Provost, the Ombudsman, University Counsel, and University Audit. To read more about their work, visit the Alliance for Diversity and Inclusion website.

    Provost's Task Force on Faculty Diversity